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It's crazy that it's already Week 12 of the NFL Season. Well, at least to me it is. After today, the Eagles will only have five weeks to prove that they belong in the playoffs. They won't get to prove anything today though, as they were the lucky recipients of the latest possible bye a team could get. Depending on how you look at it, that could be a good thing or a bad thing. Regardless, these past 11 weeks have, for the most part, made football relevant again in Philadelphia. Aside from those games against the Cowboys and Giants in October, as well as that horrendous game against the Broncos in September, this Eagles team has entertained us, something they haven't been able to do since 2010. With that being said, here are three observations from the first 11 weeks of the season, to go along with predictions for the final five games of the season.
1. Fans were in awe of Michael Vick in this offense...
|Vick had an excellent start to the season.|
Photo Courtesy: CBS Philly
2. ...until they saw what Nick Foles could do.
|All aboard the "Foles is the Future" train!|
Photo Courtesy: Bleacher Report
3. Cary Williams was right.
|This man was right.|
Photo Courtesy: CSN New England
Now, here are my predictions for the final five games of the season.
vs. Arizona Cardinals: WIN: This game will be a bit tougher than most people envisioned it would be earlier in the season. Bruce Arians has really turned this Cardinals team around, so much so that they might make the playoffs over the San Francisco 49ers. Regardless, the Eagles will improve to 7-5.
vs. Detroit Lions: LOSS: I don't care how much the defense has improved; the Eagles haven't been able to stop Calvin Johnson over the past couple of years, and they definitely won't be able to stop him this year. The Eagles fall to 7-6.
at Minnesota Vikings: WIN: If the Eagles find a way to lost this game, they don't deserve to be in the playoffs. The Eagles improve to 8-6.
vs. Chicago Bears: WIN: The Bears are a tough team, but I think the Eagles can find a way to pull this one out. The Eagles improve to 9-6.
at Dallas Cowboys: WIN: This game will be the icing on the cake. The Eagles will officially knock the Cowboys out of the playoff contention with a convincing win. The Eagles will improve to 10-6, win the NFC East, and most likely clinch the four seed (although the three seed is not out of the question as of yet).
Thanks for reading, and, if you're in or near the Philadelphia region, enjoy watching the Jets at the Ravens (1:00, CBS), the Panthers at the Dolphins (1:00, FOX), the Cowboys at the Giants (4:25, FOX) and the Broncos at the Patriots (8:30, NBC) in place of the Eagles today!